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Paratrooper dies after fiery wreck

A man died Monday after his vehicle crashed into a tree and caught on fire in Hoke County. A press release Tuesday from Fort Bragg officials said a paratrooper was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Hoke. The paratrooper was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division. The North Carolina...

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First Friday on Main is Oct. 1

After a year of being sidelined by the pandemic, the Downtown Raeford Business Association (DRBA) will present Raeford’s First Friday this October with live entertainment and plenty to see and do. The First Friday on Main Street in Raeford is set for 6-10 p.m. Friday, October 1. The event will feature a performance by the...

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DSS Director loses home in fire

Hoke County Department of Social Services Director Terry Stanton and his family lost their home in a house fire last week, and are gratefully accepting donations to help them get back on their feet. “We lost everything, but we have been getting donations for clothes and people have been giving us financial donations to buy...

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Fall Festival golf tournament signups open, set for Oct. 9-10

The North Carolina Fall Festival is returning to Hoke County this year with a golf tournament, Senior Day, the Turkey Bowl football game and the annual street fair in downtown Raeford. Golfers can now sign up to participate in the First Annual Marvin Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament as part of the upcoming 2021 North Carolina...

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Sheriff: sweepstakes operation shut down Thursday

Hoke County Sheriff Dr. Hubert Peterkin said Thursday that deputies have raided and closed a sweepstakes operation that didn’t have the county’s permission to open its doors. Officers were busy Thursday morning clearing out a warehouse near Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters on U.S. 401, after learning that a business owner had moved sweepstakes machines...

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New menu, new owner for a familiar ‘Place’

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • A “Place” for hungry diners in Raeford has a new owner and is reopening with a brand-new menu and extended hours of operation. Frank’s Place, founded in 2019 by former Hoke County Coroner Frank Crumpler, is now Jess’s Place – named after Jessica Vanallen, who is launching her...

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Law enforcement warns of break-ins

A rash of vehicle break-ins in the community caused local law enforcement to warn residents to lock their doors and not leave valuables inside cars. “Hoke County residents – as a community, we are undergoing a hefty amount of breaking and entering of motor vehicles, as well as vehicles being stolen. Several neighborhoods in the...

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County will take part in national 9/11 memorial

Hoke County will take part in a special ceremony happening nation-wide this September 11 to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attacks of 20 years ago. The county was chosen as one of 60 communities across the country to participate in the first annual National Flag of Honor Across America Memorials. Organizer Brandy McPherson presented...

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Hoke sees three more deaths, high hospitalizations due to COVID-19

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • After months without a death due to the pandemic, Hoke County recently saw three more people die after testing positive for COVID-19. So far 59 residents of the county have died after contracting the virus, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. More than...

Donations sought for family after house fire
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Donations sought for family after house fire

[Photo: Firefighter Ryan Stephenson helped administer oxygen to pet cats rescued from a house fire in Raeford Fields. The pets were saved, but the house was a loss. (Submitted photo)] Firefighters were able to rescue a family’s pets from a house fire over the weekend, but the family was left with nowhere to go after...

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Hospitals seeing strain due to increase in COVID-19

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Local hospital systems report experiencing an increased number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19. The area is seeing a “COVID surge,” FirstHealth of the Carolinas said in a statement last week. “FirstHealth’s four hospitals are dealing with a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. On Thursday, 100...

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History-making Hoke High wrestling coach dies

The first coach to lead a Hoke High girls team in the sport of wrestling passed away suddenly last week. Hoke High Head Wrestling Coach Vernon Walworth died Friday at the age of 59. Walworth was a nationally recognized pioneer coach in girls wrestling. For many years he pushed for organization of the sport as...

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Two killed, one injured in drug-related shooting at county sports complex

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • A “parent’s worst nightmare” unfolded when children practicing softball nearby witnessed a shootout that killed two people and injured a third Monday night. The apparently drug-related shooting started at the county sports complex on Red Springs Road. Nakoya Maynor, 25 and Zyrique Grace, 22 were shot and killed,...

Supply drive helps kids go back to school
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Supply drive helps kids go back to school

[Photo: Ed Megill of Copperheads LEMC Sandhills, Kirk Leach of Raeford Hoke Mini Storage, and Leach’s grandkids Aaleyah Oxendine, Alexis Lester, Ella Lane and Landen Oxendine supported the drive. (Submitted photo)] By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • As summer vacation draws to a close for Hoke County students, Jessica Leach Oxendine’s house is stuffed...

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Hoke at 41 percent vaccinated

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Newly released vaccination numbers from the United States Department of Defense (DOD), when added to state totals, show that 41 percent of Hoke County residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. About 46 percent have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. With concerns over the Delta...

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One charged in drug bust

Investigators with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit arrested a man on multiple drug charges after allegedly finding cocaine in his residence. Officers arrested Fabian Wilson, 36, of the 100 block of Joereka Road in Red Springs. He was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, maintaining a drug dwelling...

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Search finds woman’s body, suspect arrested

Hoke County Sheriff’s Office investigators found a missing woman dead inside a home in South Hoke and have a homicide suspect in custody, and also located a missing child, according to authorities. Lumberton Police Department officers charged Donny Dwayne Sessum, 41, in connection with the case, after he reportedly attempted to flee from arrest. A...

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Two dead, one injured in shooting that started at county sports complex

Two people were killed and a third person was sent to the hospital after a shooting Monday night in Hoke County, Sheriff Dr. Hubert Peterkin said. Peterkin confirmed that two people were dead and at least one other person was shot and taken to a hospital. The third person’s condition was not known. Based on...

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Search finds woman’s body, suspect arrested

Hoke County Sheriff’s Office investigators found a missing woman dead inside a home in South Hoke and have a homicide suspect in custody, and also located a missing child, according to authorities. Lumberton Police Department officers charged Donny Dwayne Sessum, 41, in connection with the case, after he reportedly attempted to flee from arrest. A...

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Bowling alley, kids’ entertainment center are coming

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • A “classy” bowling alley and a kids’ entertainment center are coming to Hoke County and will be built next to the James A. Leach Aquatics and Recreation Center on U.S. 401, a project representative said Monday. “What we’re going to put there, and you’re going to be so...

Hoke High Class of 1996 celebrates reunion with Tia Hart Program event
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Hoke High Class of 1996 celebrates reunion with Tia Hart Program event

[Photo: The Bucks Class of 1996 at the event Saturday.] The Tia Hart Community Recovery Program and the Hoke County High School Class of 1996 gave out more than 100 food boxes Saturday while celebrating the Bucks’ 25-year class reunion. The two groups joined forces to hold the community event July 31 in honor of...